Even 100 years after discovering the harm that asbestos can do to the human body, today we are still having major problems with Asbestos related deaths from asbestosis, cancer and mesothelioma cause by lack of asbestos removal projects and awareness. Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that naturally occurs from many different silicates. It was used so widely in the 19th century because at the time, it offered a whole list of benefits before anyone knew the harm it could cause. Asbestos was mainly used in manufacturing factories because it is sound absorbent, strong, insulating, resistant to fire and most importantly, it is very inexpensive!
The United States EPA has declared what the different fibers are that are considered “asbestos” and they include serpentine, chrysotile, amphibole, amosite, crocidolite and other materials. Just about half of all asbestos production takes place in Russia. Chrysotile was the most widely used fiber in the United States, making up just about 95% of all asbestos usage. As asbestos fibers became more and more popular in the late 19th century and early 20th century, many people started to notice unexpected illnesses and deaths relating to breathing and lung problems in asbestos mining towns. By the 1930’s, more speculation arose with asbestos as more people were dying. The US and UK both regulated that ventilation was required in factories using asbestos. Unfortunately, this did little to protect the people working in the factories, when what they should have done was demand an asbestos removal project.
Finally, in the 1970’s, as more information came out regarding asbestos and the danger they can cause on humans, the United State Government was harshly criticized for not acting sooner. The government had known of the harms of asbestos back in the 1930’s but did little to protect the health and well-being of the citizens of the country. By the end of the 1970’s, asbestos related products were finally being phased out in the US. By the end of the 1980’s, the EPA had started making tougher regulations on asbestos. Even today, with all of the evidence found that shows the harm of asbestos, it is still not completely banned. Business owners are not required to undergo asbestos removal projects; however, they are required to make sure it is in good conditions so that the harmful fibers do not get into the air for people to breathe in. Many third world countries have banned new construction projects using asbestos, but still the United States allows it in certain situations.
As a building owner and business owner, the safe route is to just avoid asbestos related fibers all together. If you own a building that already contains these materials, save yourself a lawsuit and hire an asbestos removal company to get it removed properly and in an environmentally friendly way. The experts at Core Environmental Contracting have been working on Asbestos Removal and Interior Demolition for over 25 years. We will not only make sure that your building has all hazardous materials removed, but we also know the proper ways of disposing asbestos related minerals so that they do not cause any further harm to the environment. Play it safe, protect yourself, family, loved ones and co-workers by getting asbestos removal projects underway. Contact us today to learn more about our services and what we can do for you! 781-721-4540